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ORANGE CITY, Fla.,(August 25, 2012)—“For outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marine Corps,” is inscribed on the Congressional Gold Medal given to all Original Montford Point Marines for their service to the nation at a time when racial discrimination was commonplace and the services were just beginning to desegregate. 
Mr. Robert Blanks, an Original Montford Point Marine, received his Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held at his residence. Blanks, 85, who enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War II from Bronx, N.Y., welcomed the award in recognition of his service to the nation.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor given by congress for distinguished achievement. The President of the United States signed into law the legislation to award the medal to the Montford Point Marines on November 23, 2011. (Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Tracie G. Kessler)(Released).
120824-M-YM527-010.JPG Photo By: SSgt Tracie Kessler

Aug 27, 2012
ORANGE CITY,, Fla. - ORANGE CITY, Fla.,(August 25, 2012)—“For outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marine Corps,” is inscribed on the Congressional Gold Medal given to all Original Montford Point Marines for their service to the nation at a time when racial discrimination was commonplace and the services were just beginning to desegregate. Mr. Robert Blanks, an Original Montford Point Marine, received his Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held at his residence. Blanks, 85, who enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War II from Bronx, N.Y., welcomed the award in recognition of his service to the nation. The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor given by congress for distinguished achievement. The President of the United States signed into law the legislation to award the medal to the Montford Point Marines on November 23, 2011. (Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Tracie G. Kessler)(Released).


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